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Media Studies Guest Lecture

  1. 1. Dr. Famiglietti's First Rule: There are only simple answers to boring questions
  2. 2. Iran 2009 <ul><li>Dubbed a “Twitter Revolution”
  3. 3. U.S. State Department asked Twitter to hold off on server maintenance to ensure Twitter was available to protestors
  4. 4. One Former US Security Advisor claimed &quot;without Twitter the people of Iran would not have felt empowered and confidant to stand up for freedom and democracy.&quot; </li></ul>
  5. 5. Iran 2009: Aftermath <ul><li>Not at all clear twitter played a role in organizing protests </li><ul><li>English language accounts got far more attention than those in Farsi and Persian
  6. 6. Iranian government cracked down hard on internet connections
  7. 7. Later research suggested word of mouth was the most important technology </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Iran 2009: Aftermath <ul><li>Twitter probably DID play a role in spreading word of events on the ground outside Iran </li><ul><li>Images and video spread rapidly
  9. 9. “Green avatars” </li></ul><li>BUT the effect of this publicity is unclear </li><ul><li>Uprising failed
  10. 10. Hacktivist DDOS attacks had ironic results
  11. 11. Government used shared images to identify and prosecute protesters </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Egypt 2011 <ul><li>Twitter is paying close attention to ongoing events in Egypt </li><ul><li>#reasonsmubarakislate was top trending hashtag yesterday afternoon
  13. 13. @acarvin has tweeted thousands of updates from activists on the ground </li></ul><li>Considerable evidence blogs and social media have helped activists organize </li></ul>
  14. 14. But...
  15. 15. But... <ul><li>Does the focus on technology unfairly attribute social change brought about by Egyptian people to Western corporations? </li><ul><li>@acarvin “Yes, social media played a role in #jan25. But don't call this the Twitter or FB revolution. Real people protested and died. It's theirs.” </li></ul><li>What role will the geeks play now? What happens next </li></ul>
  16. 16. Co-Witnessing <ul><li>Gabriella Coleman: “I can't but help think to 1883 and the telegraph and Krakatoa, which many hailed as the first global media event that allowed many folks scattered across the globe to witness as some level something thousands and thousands of miles away.” </li></ul>
  17. 17. Questions about Co-Witnessing Egypt <ul><li>What role might global witnesses have played in the events that have just unfolded?
  18. 18. What does it mean that witnessing via Twitter is mediated by Twitter culture? </li><ul><li>@WarrenEllis: Mubarak: &quot;I will not leave Egypt until I die.&quot; Egypt: &quot;WE CAN TOTALLY HELP YOU WITH THAT.&quot; </li></ul><li>How do we confirm/trust social media reports? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Let's Start to Find Out <ul><li>Follow @acarvin on twitter
  20. 20. Call up as many news feeds as possible
  21. 21. Follow sources @acarvin has re-tweeted </li></ul>
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